At a time when the ruling dispensation is making every thing related with army and security forces as the main characteristic of a patriotic state, it is an irony that more reports are coming in about the excesses committed by the security forces.
Northeast is one of the areas from where many reports of excess committed by the army and other security agencies have come in for decades. Now in a horrific incident, a tribal woman was gang-raped allegedly by the Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel and poured acid on her to ensure she lost her sight and couldn’t identify the perpetrators.
The Chakma tribal woman Dangubi Milebo Chakma (name changed) was gang-raped when she along with another tribal woman went to the forest at Silsury in Mizoram’s Mamit district along India-Bangladesh border to collect bamboo shoots, News Laundry reported. The incident happened on 16 July this year.
The tribal woman told police that when she resisted the rape attempt, the alleged BSF jawans rubbed a cloth soaked in acid on her face. The woman has been admitted to a hospital at Aizwal after she suffered serious injuries on her face including her eyes.
After the women, who somehow managed to reach home, narrated her horrific ordeal to family members, the Village Council authority informed the police about the incident. The tribals also staged a protest in front of the Silsury BOP and demanded that the accused be identified and handed over to the police. However, even after ten days, the accused BSF personnel have not been arrested.
The villagers had also demanded that the BSF should help the villagers to find out the another Rangabi Chakma, the trial women, who was the companion of the gangrape survivor and had gone missing. Unfortunately, on 22 July, acid-scarred decomposed body of her was recovered. It is not clear whether Rangabi Chakma had been sexually assaulted, but with her death, the accused have allegedly eradicated the lone witness in the alleged rape of her friend.
The rape survivor has been asked by the Mizoram Police to record her statement before the Judicial Magistrate in Mamit district and the BSF personnel from the border posts have been called and their photographs were taken.
Commenting on the allegation against BSF, its PRO Shubhendu Bhardwaj said, “The matter is under investigation and we trust the process of law.”